(upbeat music) Welcome Tituss Burgess! (crowd cheers) Oh my God. It’s so good to have you back. Have a seat.
Yes. Get comfy. Hello! (crowd cheers) Shoe Cam, please. Yes, honey. Twirl! (crowd cheers) (Tituss laughs) Is there a story behind the gorgeousness? You know what, there is. I had on flip-flops on my way to rehearsal for that video. Uh-huh. And my sandal went into the subway, and I hopped on one foot to Steve Madden and got these shoes. Wow. Yep. Steve Madden does affordable! Yeah! These look like a million bucks. Well, I feel like a million bucks. Well, you are a million bucks. (crowd cheers) You are, you are. Woo, how you doin’, purple? (laughs) Yep, you saw him. Chest all out. Okay. (laughter) So, the album, Saint Tituss. Yes. Tell us about it. I wrote Saint Tituss. Saints are just sinners who fell down and got back up. And we need something to aspire to, and I wanted to aspire to myself because if I let myself down, I can be pissed at myself, but I don’t want to be pissed at you if I’m looking up to you and you let me down. Right. So I look to myself every single day and I’m going to be the me-est me that I can possibly be. (crowd cheers) Perfect. Perfect. By the way, I notice, back to the music in one moment, I notice you have full hair follicles yet you choose to be bald. I do. Hair itches me, but I’m gonna grow my hair out just to prove to you. No, I see it. I see. That’s a clean baldie right here. It’s clean, darling. But you have, you’re not… I’m not bald. No. I just, I’ve shaved my head for about 10 years, just ’cause it makes my face look better. My little round face. So, if I shave it, my cheek bones come through like… (crowd claps) And a lot of times, when guys are bald, they will elect to have earrings, and you don’t. No. I like this. Yes. Do you have tattoos? I do. I have one here. “I am my own.” And I mean every word. When’d you get that? I got that, it’s kind of a… I got that when I had the last phone call with my father, who’s still alive, about 10 years ago. We had a very difficult conversation about my sexuality. You haven’t spoken since? We have not spoken since. Okay. And I realized I was holing a space in my heart for a man that never existed in the first place. So, no, it’s a happy thing because that’s where I got this and why I give you me. (applause) Great. Great. Back to that, I don’t wanna dig too far. You can dig as much as you want to dig. Thank you. So he hasn’t called you to…
He… a lot of times parents who don’t exist in your life, they call once you get rich and famous to try to use the opportunity to get back in. No, no, no. I think, and I wish him well, I have no ill will for the man, at all. I just had to close that gap so that I could move on because his absence was governing my every move, and I had to cut that out. Aww.
Yeah. How’s your mom get along? My mom is won-der-ful. Good, good, good! (crowd cheers) (laughs) She is the reason I am as happy and as healthy as I am. She did a wonderful job raising me. She just is celebrating her birthday. And I just headlined the Kennedy Center this past weekend. She was impressed. And I had the entire concert curated. It was one big birthday party for her. She had no idea she was coming. Aww. And I had all her brothers and sisters flown up, so it was a really lovely weekend. Nice. Yeah, yeah, yeah. (applause) So, you and Andy Cohen ’cause me and Andy, we hadn’t talked for six years, and now we’re back together, wasn’t my fault, but as he told me. But, what has happened with you and Andy? There’s a reason he wasn’t on your show for six years. Listen to track number five, called Open Letter on my EP, and you’ll understand everything. (crowd gasps) Oh no, you don’t know mine, but I’m asking you yours. No, I just… Because people saw you, want to know what happened. There wasn’t a read toward you Wendy, at all. Okay. I think that people misinterpret who they see on the screen sometimes. Okay. And then begin to have a relationship towards you based on misinformation. Break down. Can you talk normal? What are you saying? (laughs) Talk normal. Stop being Hollywood. No, I’m not being Hollywood, that’s the problem. But I read your rant and it started with something about “queen”. Not a rant, just truth. Okay. I will not tolerate the dismantling of anyone’s legacy, especially not my own. And who we were speaking about has done a beautiful job being the comedic giant that he is. Andy? And he has a wonderful movie coming out. Okay. And I was not going to participate in talking about that. Oh, Eddie Murphy?! All right, I’ll say it if you don’t. Okay, what had happened was… (crowd claps) Tituss. Listen, Tituss was on “Andy”, and Tituss and Andy have that new movie coming out, which I must see, “Dolemite”. No, no, Tituss and Eddie. Excuse me. Eddie have the new movie coming out, and Andy asked Tituss on “Watch What Happens”, “How was it working with Eddie Murphy?” “Eddie was not kind to gays back in the day.” And you said? I said what I said. (laughter) (crowd cheers) So, Tituss said something like, “Eddie was wonderful to Tituss, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “Now let’s move along.” (laughs) So, obviously, was one for working, and Andy might’ve been trying to trap you to say something and you didn’t say it. Tituss will not be trapped. Okay. No. (crowd cheers) No, we have way too much work to do. We have far more important things to talk about in this nation right now, especially what is going on politically, so I wasn’t going to waste time digging up something that happened a while ago. We’ve all moved past from it, and we’ve all learned from it. When does that come out, by the way? Netflix, in the fall of this year. In the fall, in the fall. It’s Eddie time, you know, he got that deal also with Netflix. $70 million. As well he should. He is genius in this movie. He’s really good looking. I can’t wait for y’all to see it. How does he look up close? He looks great! He looks great. And Wesley Snipes is also wonderful in this movie. I predict Oscars for both of those guys. I’m serious. Wow. (applause) So, Tituss? Yes? Do tell about this online petition for Tituss to play Ursula in “Little Mermaid”? Oh. You’d be a perfect Ursula! Come on! (crowd cheers) You’d be good at that! ♪ I admit that in the past I’ve been nasty ♪ (chuckles) I would love nothing more. But, listen, I think they’re done with casting, and that is a movie and a musical that I hold near and dear to my heart. Aww, that’s okay. I feel satiated. I feel whole and I have many projects I’m working on, so if I don’t get to be in that, that’s okay. I’m going to go see it and support it. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I’m excited for, Halle is her name? The young lady playing Ariel? I don’t know. I didn’t know that they casted. I was voting for you. Well, (laughs) I would love to do it. From your mouth to God’s ears. Yeah. (applause) Wait, one more thing, one more thing, one more thing. The last time that you were here, you were in love. I still am. Oh, same guy? Yes. Perfect. And you live here? Yes. Okay.
I do. So do I now. Do you? Oh, yay! You know. Can I tell you, you look so good, and your energy is effervescent. I mean every word. And I feel such pride for you. Let’s be friendy. I would love to be your friend. I’ll give you my number and you give me yours. Done and done. Just don’t give it to you-know-who. (crowd groans) Got it. It’s perfect. (laughs) Tituss Burgess, everybody. Clap it up. His new album is called Saint Tituss. It’s available…. On iTunes.
Everywhere. Spotify, wherever you can stream music. Okay. (upbeat music)